COME ON ALL YOU OTTER FANS
Calling all you budding artists, poets, writers ... Anyone who cares about otters and wants to do something positive to help.
You have until 28 November to become an Otter STAR
Win an Otter Oscar
As part of the Year of the Otter, IOSF is launching new awards for outstanding achievements in otter conservation worldwide. These awards called the "Otter Oscars" are open to all and will be presented annually beginning in December 2016. The categories for the awards are:
Children – Open to anyone aged 12 years or under (as at 1 December 2016). This can include any activity aimed to promote otter conservation such as artwork, writing, fundraising, etc
Young People – Open to anyone from 13 – 18 years (as at 1 December 2016). This can include any activity aimed to promote otter conservation such as artwork, writing, fundraising, etc
Group/Organisation – For example school, natural history group, Scouts/Guides, etc.
Community Achievement – Any activity which involves local communities in otter conservation. This can be in the form of practical work, education, etc.
Research – Open to amateur or professional researchers. The research must have taken place during 2016, although ongoing projects may be submitted. Any projects must not involve any procedure which is invasive or in any other way harms the animal. The project may involve animals in the wild or in captivity but this must be made clear in the application.
Photography – Open to amateur or professional photographers. All photos must have been taken during 2016 and entries must indicate where and when it was taken, and if the photo was taken in the wild or in captivity. Photos may also include habitat or otter signs.
Special Award – Open to anyone who has made a lifelong commitment to otter conservation or for an activity which does not fit into any other category
Applications/nominations can be made in more than one category and Children and Young People can also enter other categories.
If you wish to apply or nominate someone for an award, please complete the online form by 1 November 2016. Results will be announced on 1 December 2016.
THE YEAR OF THE OTTER
Come on all you Team Otter fans. Get involved in this special Year of the Otter. We want everyone to be involved and we will post things here for you to do.
But we know you have lots of ideas on how you can get more people to
help otters. You can raise money, or tell your friends, write poems, make pictures. All sorts of things.
We love to hear from you so contact us at email@example.com
Meet our latest cub
This is Machair. She was found at New Year on the Isle of North Uist, off the West coast of Scotland. Isn't she gorgeous! She weighs just over 600gm but is eating well so should soon start putting on weight. You can follow her progress on the IOSF Blog
Enter our fun competition in the October school holidays
This picture is part of a great activity pack called "Fun with Sophie the Sea Otter and Ricky the River otter", which has been produced by the Oceanographic Environmental Research Society. We would love you to colour this and send it in to win a great prize. The winner can choose from a book or your very own IOSF cuddly otter. For young children you can have a book called "The otter who loved to hold hands", or for those slightly older you may like "Little by little" about an otter learning to swim, or for the oldest there is a book called "Otter chaos".
We are sure you will have fun with this and then you can download the whole activity book FREE here.
Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to IOSF, 7 Black Park, Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9DE, Scotland to arrive by Friday 11 December 2015
And we would love to hear from you. Send us your poems, pictures and ottery news and tell us what YOU would like to see on your website. We will add them to Your Page. Email us at email@example.com
INTERNATIONAL OTTER AWARENESS DAY
So what are YOU going to do to help otters on International Otter Awareness Day - 27 May 2015?
Have a look here for some Otterley Great Ideas
WE NEED YOUR HELP
27 MAY is the International Otter Awareness Day and we need your help in telling as many people as possible about otters and how important they are. Maybe you could:
- Have an otter themed party
- Arrange an otterly fantastic treasure hunt
- Make some cakes and sell them to friends at school - ask your teacher first!
- Have a sponsored silence, or walk, or swim
- Create some ottery pictures or other artwork
If you need more ideas have a look here
So get your thinking hats on and come up with something otterly brilliant. But remember always to check with your parents first.
And do tell us what you are planning so that we can publicise it on our website
Caption Competition winner
We were delighted with all the entries for the caption competition which made it difficult
to choose a winner.
But in the end the entry by Robyn Stickney of Surrey won the 14yrs and under group with:
"Look, there's a photo of Great Uncle Oscar!"
Merry Christmas to you all!
Have a look at this great photo of Wolfgang and his otter, Nemo. What do you think Nemo is thinking?
Why don't you enter our Caption Competition and you could win a lovely cuddly plush otter soft toy, just in time for Christmas.
To enter click here
We look forward to receiving your entries.
Competition closes by 9am on 18 December.
Well done Gracieana Milgate from Northampton. Gracieana is 8 years old and sent us this lovely picture and poem. In case you can't read the poem in the picture it says:
Otters can be grey
They swim in the day
They play in the waves
and they sleep in the caves
They eat lots of fish
but they don't need a dish.
More competition entries
Here is a picture by Oliver Thompson, from Swansea, who is also aged 8.
Alicia Nicholds from Dudley, aged 11, sent us this poem:
In the sea I suddenly spot, a miniature brown dot.
When I lean forward and squint, my head says take the hint.
It is brown furry and in the sea, its an Otter I see before me!
The creature's head turns and at me he looks, so in my hand I check in my books.
By the photos and colours in front of me, finding him is easy.
He is a Sea Otter!
Then the Otter dove into the deep blue ocean,
everything was calm and silent absolutely no commotion.
The lights in a nearby boat went dim,
The man stepped out of the cabin and walked along the pier.
He saw me and said hello my name is Tim.
I replied and said have a good day, then he walked away.
When I turned back the Otter had emerged.
A clam he held in his hand.
I watched him from the land.
He swam over to Tim's boat and hit the clam on it.
I saw the shell crack a little bit.
He hit it again, success with this one.
He ate the insides and then he was gone.
Varun Jha from New Delhi in India is 15 and he sent us this email:
Here's a poem I wrote for nature....Hope u like the poem...the poem I wrote is very near to my heart....I love otters such a cute, innocent animal killed for greed by us. Hope IOSF works more for saving otters help their number increase on planet earth.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is a rapture on the lonely shores;
There is society, where none intrudes;
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not humans the less, but Nature more......
Thank you Varun, that is beautiful and we will certainly
keep working to help otters. It is great to see you are so passionate about otters and nature.
There is still time to use your summer break to do something for otters and enter our competition. There are loads of things you can do with your friends – sponsored swim, ottery picnic, treasure hunt. You may like to create a picture or write a poem or story. You may even manage to take a brilliant photo of an otter while you are on holiday. If you want more ideas check out the IOSF's website.
Let us know what you are doing for otters and you could WIN a book of your choice from our extensive range of children’s otter-themed books. The prize will be awarded to the most original, fun or creative
idea or activity. And there will be an “I love otters” badge for everyone who enters the competition.
So send us your poems, pictures and photos of your event by Monday 1st September 2014 and the prize winner will be announced on Friday 5th September 2014.
Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to include your name, age, address and email.
Entrants should be 16yrs or under.